Once upon a time there was a Twitter feed that poked gentle fun at The New York Times’s occasional forays into covering the obvious or the hip-two-years-ago. It was called @NYTOnIt, its logo was a Gothic New-York-Times-style T wearing a beret, and it was pretty funny — even The Times’s public editor thought so. This reporter had the honor of having his work cited at least twice by it.
“How are the people of the boroughs linked?” she said. “Well, the subway brings the people together of the five boroughs, and similarly the act of voting connects them as well.” (Quibblers may quibble that Staten Island’s rapid-transit line does not physically connect to the rest of the system, but an artist is allowed artistic license.) The subway sticker beat out nine other finalists — five of which depicted the Statue of Liberty — in a voting process in which nearly 10,000 people took part.